Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I got my first album in the mail yesterday from Amazon.


The last time I bought a record, there was no Amazon.
There was no Internet.
There were no personal computers.

I imagine there were computers in a war room somewhere.

Like in War Games.

One of the best movies ever.

But, yeah, it's been a long time.

I bought Mumford and Son's first album called Sigh No More.
You may know their most famous song The Cave.

When I think of Mumford and Sons, I think exuberant.
I think spiritual.

Marcus Mumford was raised in the church. He writes songs with deep spiritual meaning.
This makes my son Matthew a huge fan. Huge.


I, on the other had, like music for it's....tune....danceability....general sound.

This is evidenced by my total word unawareness.
I have loved songs with immoral lyrics one time too many.

I will try to listen to the lyrics, perhaps this time I will hear.


Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life...
M & S

Encourage one another,

Since so many of you do not know Mumford and Sons...here is when they were on the Grammys...and I think....stole the show.

(I've showed this twice before on the blog....isn't it funny what we remember or click on?)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Last night the SAG awards were on,
I was an accidental fashion correspondent.

Here is what I thought was purdy!



Mya. Again.



Just adorable on a young girl...
Great choice sweetie!


Octavia (minny) ties with Kaley for best dressed.



We two.

I am doing a 366 with my iPhone/instagram.
Here are some of the images from the weekend.

Car ride!!

Car Ride!!!


Only you...

Off to another exciting week here in Wisconsin...

Lots of love!!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

This week on Pinterest....

I saw a portrait that inspired and warmed...

I posted a book that I ordered...and will receive on Monday. I hope.

Source: twitter.com via Donna on Pinterest

This picture made me smile.

Source: google.com via Donna on Pinterest

And so did this one....

This is Elizabeth McGovern when she was a young girl in Ordinary People...
I related to her...I dressed like her....

Source: lvrj.com via Donna on Pinterest

Have you read this book? It is one of my favorites!

Source: t-antik.com via Donna on Pinterest

I followed a rabbit trail and pinned this pretty illustration.

And where else can a frumpy Midwestern girl pretend to be a stylist?
Pinterest, of course.

Source: flickr.com via Donna on Pinterest

Ginny got her own board.

Happy weekend!!

My brother Jim is marrying his dear Tilde today!
God bless you two!
May you love one another and care for one another and forgive one another and grow old with one another....
for as long as you both shall live!



Encourage one another,

Friday, January 27, 2012

On Sunday morning I watched a two hour documentary on the making of Ferris Bueller.

Inside Story:Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This parade scene was actually filmed in a real parade.
The second part, the twist and shout part, was filmed after a 'call' for extras in Chicago.
Over ten thousand showed up.

I think this was the first flash mob.

Other fun facts:

Matthew had a hurt leg and could not do the choreography.
He winged it.
Matthew was 24 and bickered with John Hughes.
John Hughes apparently loved music.
The Beatles did not like the horns used in the parade.
The movie went way over budget.
It went from a social commentary to a comedy in the editing room.
John Hughes wanted to do a sequel.
Matthew was not too interested.
He is kicking himself.
John Hughes died of a heart attack in New York in 2009.

Now don't you want to see it again?


Stephie made me think of this, this morning, because she put a video up on her FB wall.

Until then,

Emma, that is Caldler's Flamingo in Chicago's Federal Plaza. Have you seen it?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In Which Ginny makes her acting debut.

I have had much more fun watching Ginny watch and listen to this movie!
She is fascinated with my voice and noises.
Too cute.

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans"
~ James Herriot


Katie's speech is today. She will preform it three times.
She is planning on singing at the end.

So excited!

Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
in my coat of many colors
my momma made for me.
~Dolly Parton

Encourage one another,

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


simple silhouette tutorial at the pioneer woman's website

When I stepped out of the car at Starbucks today to get my FREE drink,
I stepped onto this....colors on the ground.

Well, yes, I thought, my day is starting off very nice....free drink from Starbucks and rainbows at my feet.

For a title...I am thinking Unicorn Poop.
Or something to that effect.

What do you think?

What happened here?

I have a theory, what is yours?

Over and out,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Katie is in Forensics at school. I call it speech club cause forensics is too hard to say.
That's ironic.

Anyway, she has chosen solo acting and her piece is a monologue.
It is Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton.

The 'speech' tournament is Thursday!
So exciting.

She is attempting a Southern accent.

I suggested she sing the last few lines of the song at the end.
(And I know nothing about speech giving.)
But she said 'no'.

I think it's a great idea.
But what do I know.


Katie WILL be singing a solo in the Blessed Varieties talent show.
How this little peanut has the guts to do this, I do not know.
She thinks it's fun and actually wants to be up there alone.

I love to sing in the chorus.

Solo. Oh NO.

This is what she will be singing.
So sweet.


And then there is Seussical the musical which she is participating in this Spring.

It's all or nothing around here.


So proud of you Katie dear!

Love and Kisses,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our little puppy has wings....

Angel markings.

I spotted white wings on Ginny's shoulders and thought I should try to snap a picture of them.
Katie stood on the other side of the gate to get Ginny to stand up.

I snapped a few pictures.

What do I see. Not only light colored wings.

But a whole darker colored angel.


Proof that Ginny is heaven sent.


I'm going to post this small portion of Downton Abbey.
Skip it, if necessary.

It is, as far as I can remember, the best bit of television I have ever seen.

Quick set up for those of you who will watch this and aren't hooked yet....

England is at war. Downton Abbey is being used as a convalescent home.
Matthew, the heir to Downton is missing. It took a while for the family to warm up to Matthew.

(it's backward :o)

If you were the only girl in the world
and I were the only boy
Nothing else would matter in the world today
We could go on loving in the same old way
~Clifford Grey (1916)



Charging into a wall of snow! FUN!!



Guess my favorite part.

Happy Monday!
Happy Luke House day!

Encourage one another,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pinterest:Favorites from year one.

As far as I can tell, I started pinning things to my Pinterest boards on Jan. 21, 2011

Elliot Erwitt.

This was the moment I fell in love with Catherine.
Not a moment before.

Source: etsy.com via Donna on Pinterest

These words inspired me.

These words touched my heart.

I dreamed just a little.

Source: bfdblog.com via Donna on Pinterest

I got dressed. In my head.

Apparently I like colorful cakes...

and salads.

When the girls were little, they would play waitress.

I always ordered a Diet Dr. Pepper and a Cobb salad.

Every time.

Abbot H. Thayer.
Never heard of him before Pinterest.
Then I googled and learned more about him.

Source: google.com via Donna on Pinterest

Pinning to my I love movies board is a special treat.

Source: flickr.com via Donna on Pinterest

Who remember this?

It was on Family Classics every year. I am sure.


Source: zimbio.com via Donna on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Donna on Pinterest

My All Stars.

The Cool Dad.
The Princess and
The Movie Star


As I go thru my pins I can see that I have not always Linked with Love. Many pins are not attributed to the original source.
This year I will do better.
I promise.

And that's the Pinterest news for this week.

Now. Go and watch About A Boy if you have never seen it.
It has a great message.

Marcus: Suddenly I realized - two people isn't enough. You need backup. If you're only two people, and someone drops off the edge, then you're on your own. Two isn't a large enough number. You need three at least.

The whole thing. Amazing words.

Encourage one another,

Friday, January 20, 2012

JUSTembrace is having a really cool fund raiser!!
They were given four tickets to a Bulls game. (This coming Monday Night.)
So Sher decided to have a contest for the other two tickets.
And then, our blog friend Mary, and her son Jamey who have become friends to JUSTembrace, donated more tickets
to the game!! How great is that? So now four tickets are up for grabs.

If you would love to see the Bulls play, and I hear they are good this year, hop on over to the JUSTembrace website
and get in on the fun.

Thanks so much!

Bulls Tickets and a date with Sher and Emma! Kind of



Dust of Snow
by Robert Frost

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.


I saw this on Ellen and found it on Youtube to share with you.
What a clever bird.

Encourage one another,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter has come to the forest.

18/366Minus One

16/36619/399 cold

Bringing up baby.



Good ole phone camera.


In the warmth of our home, I watch old movies and some not so old movies.

Have you seen Miss Pettigrew lives for a day?
This was my favorite line.

Guinevere Pettigrew: I am not an expert on love, I am an expert on the lack of love, Delysia, and that is a fate from which I wish more fervently to save you.

Have you seen My Favorite Wife with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne?
If you like screwball comedies, you really must watch this.

Oh! and since it is indeed Leap Year. You should just go ahead and watch Leap Year.
The movies is rather slow paced for a romantic comedy, but the kiss is worth the wait.
All of the youtube clips have clipped the kiss by a little. Why they did that I don't know.
It's a perfect screen kiss. A kiss that makes you want to grab your hubby and kiss him.

Here is my awkard and poor attempt to film the kiss with my phone.
All the stuff in front of the tv is stuff I have taken away from Ginny.
I am going to train her to pick stuff up and put it in the trash.

Just a little kissing to warm you up on this chilly day.

Encourage one another,